Cuba Red smells like the cigar grade of tobacco, as opposed to pipe or cigarette tobacco, and is a hot, fiery rendition of it. It's strong, manly and extremely aromatic. Like with most tobacco perfumes, I don't know if there's real tobacco absolute in this, but if there isn't, whoever composed it did a damn good job replicating the smell and aura of tobacco. Any woody and herbal notes in this are there for one reason only: to boost up the tobacco-fueled power of the fragrance.
This scent will appeal to not only fans of tobacco scents, but also to patchouli fanatics. There is an huge amount of patchouli in Cuba Red, so much that this could just as easily pass as a patchouli fragrance as a tobacco one. It will appeal both to hippies and loan sharks equally.
I've read complaints about Cuba Red's longevity and sillage. I don't have a problem with either. I think the problem is that people go too lightly on the trigger. This is a strong, bold scent, but don't go all wimpy when you wear it. Some tobacco scents, like Acqua di Cuba or Creed's Tabarome, have a quiet, aristocratic, gentleman's club air about them. Cuba Red is all about tequila shots, lap dances and barroom brawls. So unfasten a few of the top buttons on your shirt, let your chest hair show, and spray away. Don't be afraid. Just like Aramis'
If you don't own a bottle of this, then get off your ass and order one now. This juice rocks.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: Cuba Paris